Transition Town West Kirby

Events & Activities 2017


Saturday, 26th August, 9am - 1pm
West Kirby Farmers' Markettwitter logofacebook logo
St Andrew's Church Hall, Graham Rd, West Kirby CH48 5DE
30 stalls selling fresh, seasonal food - organised by local volunteers to stimulate and support local food www.westkirbyfarmersmarket.co.uk

Friday 8th and Saturday 9th September
Wirral Earth Fest
St Bridget's Church, Centre and Fields


This year, our guest speaker at the Earth Fest opening night is Dr. Justine Huxley, Director of St. Ethelburga's Centre for Reconciliation and Peace, where she has worked for over 10 years.

Her talk will be titled "Spiritual ecology: A new relationship with the Earth". St Ethelburga's work is about enabling people from diverse backgrounds to collaborate across differences to build a global culture of peace. It works with leadership, particularly in the younger generation, with sacred activism, spiritual ecology, community reconciliation, and with refugees. St Ethelburga's programmes call us to reconnect with our deepest values and sense of meaning, and to co-create action in the world that comes from that place.

Justine has a Ph.D in psychology and also spent 5 years on the trading floor of a City investment bank - an invaluable spiritual boot camp which taught her how to remain rooted in the Real when in the midst of consumerist greed and power games.? She has a passion for bringing people together from different backgrounds and co-creating projects that speak to the needs of the time. She brings a wealth of experience in deep listening, facilitation, and working with emergent process.

She sees spiritual ecology and sacred activism as key to the regeneration that is needed at this time of global crisis. "It is a privilege to be able to share this work through St Ethelburga's, and be inspired by many others around the world. For me, spiritual ecology is about finding our own unique way to fall in love with the Earth again, allow that love to change us from the inside out, and to call forth practical action that comes from a deeper more transformative place."

Justine belongs to a Sufi Order and has been leading meditation and dreamwork groups in London for over 15 years.

Incredible Edible Group



Sustainability - We are looking forward to our part in the film recording a year of TTWK events, concentrating on the produce of our planters but not ducking the negatives, we will show the inevitable weeding and a human chain of bucket carriers for watering. The film will also be showing different kinds of community fruit growing in West Kirby.

Grange Park Community Orchard- join us and the Friends of Grange Community Park for company and fruit tree maintenance, meeting at the Scout Hut in Grange Cemetery, Lang Lane entrance. Next maintenance dates are-

July - Friday 28th, 10-11 a.m.

August - Saturday 12th, 3-4 p.m.; Friday 25th, 10-11 a.m.


Contact 625 9974

Apple Avenue-off Gilroy Road. Our growing double row of apple trees is supported by regular weeding and removal of undergrowth. Apple Avenue dates are-

August Saturday 12th 1-2.30 p.m.


Flower of the month - scented leaf geraniums come in many scents, but for food, rose, citrus and mint are the most popular. Others are said to repel insects.

Try freezing the flowers in ice cubes, adding the leaves to lemonade or sorbets, or spreading them in the bottom of a cake tin before pouring in the mixture.

Would you like to join Incredible Edibles? Even if you can't regularly commit to a planter, we would appreciate volunteers to form a rota for watering.

For information about Incredible Edibles, please ring 077724 175779 or 0151 625 9974.

Litter Picking Group



Please join us for monthly litter picking sessions around West Kirby. Each session is a 90 minute litter pick followed by a short meeting to hear where people want us to litter pick in the future. See our Facebook page for details and photos.

A big thank you to everybody who has picked litter with Love Where You Live - West Kirby. Thanks for the fantastic turnout for the summer beach litter picks. On Saturday 8th July we had our record number of new faces at a single event which was superb to see and allowed us to clear 10 big bags of litter and we are very grateful to the families who made that possible. We are also delighted to be supported by the council who have listened to the groups concerns and publicised the group on [wirralview.com].

The next litter picks are:
  • Sunday 20th August 10 a.m. West Kirby Beach (Meet at the Hilbre Tides Notice Board)
  • Sunday 27th August 10 a.m. West Kirby Beach (Meet at the Hilbre Tides Notice Board)

West Kirby Drop In Centre



Tuesdays, 10.00am - 1.30pm.

United Reformed Church Hall, Meols Drive, West Kirby.
The Drop In meets every Tuesday morning throughout the year. Its aim is to provide a friendly meeting place where anybody can find a Welcome, a cuppa and a chat. Lunch is provided at 12 midday for anybody who wants it, cost 3. We occasionally arrange days out together to places of interest. Relaxation Massage sessions are available for a reasonable cost.
What people like about the Drop In is finding friendly familiar faces, a chance to socialise and meet people, good food and support if life gets difficult.

On Tuesday, 1st August West Kirby drop-in will have an outing to New Brighton for a walk and some lunch (fish and chips?). We will leave the URC at about 11am and take the train to New Brighton, returning at about 3pm. Any who would like to join us are welcome.

West Kirby Messenger



The latest edition of the Messenger is in development. The deadline for submissions is 31st July.

In case you want to support our community magazine and have a little spare time four times a year, we would welcome you to our crew!
For more information or offers of help you can email ttwk.food@gmail.com.

We also would like to hear from you, if you want to advertise your business / services. We try to keep advertising to a minimum but still need some revenue to cover printing costs for our not for profit venture





Pictures from Wirral Earth Fest 10th September 2016
Abyssa drummers
grinding corn
sign and ttwk table

Pictures from Wirral Climate Change Walk 29th November 2015
Climate Change Walk
Climate Change Walk




July 2017 Round Up



On Tuesday, 11th July, we had a night of storytelling as the Final Performance of this years Storyfest, in conjunction with Wirral Festival of Firsts (from whose Facebook page we have pinched these photos!) and West Kirby Arts Centre. International storyteller, Tim Ralphs held the evening and entertained with stories about a wolf tricked by a fox, seven fathers and events from King Arthur's court. The purpose of the evening was to provide a stage for students of the storytelling workshops from this year and past years, and stories from the floor. These stories included a song about a pigeon, tales from Africa and India, stories of giants, wizards, grandfathers and Oliver Cromwell's corpse! We were also delighted by musical tales from Mal Dino. It was our best attended storytelling event. So, a big THANK YOU to everyone who came. We hope we have whetted your appetite for future storytelling events.

Congratulations to the Love Where You Live litter picking group for their special thanks from the Council for their help keeping West Kirby clean when large numbers of visitors descended on the village during recent hot weather.

A reminder to book your stall for Wirral Earth Fest on 9th September by the 13th August. This year the Festival has the theme "A New Earth is Possible". We are looking for participants that will fit this brief ... we are particularly looking for new stalls and groups who can show how we could live differently. If you want to book a stall, please do so through this form:
www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/WirralEarthFest2017.



Who are we?



...a group of concerned local people working towards a sustainable low-carbon lifestyle, based in West Kirby, Hoylake, and elsewhere on the Wirral.

We are one of dozens of Transition Town groups that have formed over the last few years throughout the UK and around the world.

The global challenges of climate change and energy shortages are approaching - we feel that we may not be able to do much at a global level, but can do a lot at the level of the local community - and that it is better to plan a local response in advance rather than wait until the problems become a crisis. And we feel that there will be many advantages of a low-carbon lifestyle.

Membership is open to all at no charge.

Read more about Transition Town groups


What are our plans?



People joining the group are welcome to come to working group meetings on how the community should respond in individual areas such as food, transport and home energy.

About half of our membership comes from outside West Kirby, including Hoylake, Heswall, Meols and Wallasey. As the membership enlarges, we expect that separate Transition groups will develop, based in other parts of the Wirral.


Contact us - stay informed



Principal contact: info@transitiontownwestkirby.org.uk

Let us know if you would like to be added to our email mailing list (we will not to release email addresses to anyone else).

If you have any imaginative ideas of ways to celebrate the town of West Kirby and spread the message or want to help organise future awareness raising/community-building/fun events we would love to hear from you. Likewise if you are able to display posters advertising our events.


West Kirby Farmers' Market



A regular monthly Farmers' Market on the 4th Saturday of every month.
If you are a local producer and would like to apply to sell at the market, application forms are available from the West Kirby Farmers' Market website www.westkirbyfarmersmarket.co.uk


TTWK national allotment report



Waiting list figures in England remain high, and councils are doing little to increase provision.
Download the full report or the database of council responses.


Wirral A-Z Recycling Guide



In collaboration with Wirral Environmental Network, we publish a guide to local recycling with regular updates. Visit the recycling page on the WEN website for an online version or to print a copy for handy reference.


Downloads



Why do local shops matter?

Where to buy local eggs in West Kirby

Download leaflet, recipes, fact sheets

Our Constitution


West Kirby What's On
Listing of community events in West Wirral.


To measure your carbon footprint visit our own helpful calculator: www.carbonindependent.org